The Cooper School Daily

Welcome Back from Break!

Wow! What a great week back from break! We heard so many great memories that were made during break spending time with family. The middle school is currently utilizing Advisory time to focus on gratitude. It has been heartwarming to see what the middle schoolers recognize in their life that they appreciate. 

Here’s a look at what is happening in each of the classes:

What’s happening in Science?

Seventh graders explored calories this week! They explored how energy from the sun is converted into stored energy through our producers and how our bodies get energy from carbohydrates. They modeled the process of metabolism by breaking apart the bonds of a cheese puff using fire to observe how food releases energy. Seventh graders then used their data to calculate how many kilocalories are in a cheese puff. Next week, we will be going to Folly Beach Wednesday and downtown Thursday to collect materials for our “ecosystems in a jar.”

What’s up in Math?

This week in Math, students have powered through several lessons on understanding and solving inequalities. Students have been able to experiment with multiple strategies and have been able to proceed with the strategy that feels the best to them. Today, they took a short assessment before we move on to solving more complex inequalities and graphing the solutions next week. 

What’s happening in ELA?

Seventh graders are continuing to work on their Investigating Characterization Unit. They are working on their character study book reports in the form of very colorful, one page summaries. I am excited to see the final results of their completed projects. While your seventh graders are working on their book projects, there will be no reading log homework assignments from November 28th through December 9th. In grammar, they completed week nine grammar and vocabulary lessons/quizzes.  The signed papers that will be sent home on Monday will be for grammar/vocabulary only.

What’s going on in Social Studies?

In seventh grade the students began looking at Washington’s presidency. Students then created a TV interview for George Washington during his presidency. They then looked at the differences in the early political parties and finished the week by looking at Adams and Jefferson through a jigsaw activity. 

Students will look into the War of 1812 next week by creating a MindMap. Students will use this to show their knowledge of the war. 

Important Dates:

  • December 6th: Folly beach Field Trip
  • December 7th: Downtown Field Trip
  • December 16th: 11:30 Dismissal Pajama Day
  • December 17- January 2: Winter Break